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A pervasive but often invisible source of suffering in our culture is self-aversion. We are a busy culture, and we move through our life feeling anxious and dissatisfied, but not fully conscious of how we neglect or judge our inner experience. We suffer from a lack of belonging: to our own bodies, to each other and to the earth. When we practice Buddhist meditation, we learn how to listen deeply and hold our life tenderly.
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2014-11-19 Awakening Through Change and Loss 1:19:42
Our capacity to live and love fully is entirely related to how we open to the truth of impermanence. This talk examines how our ways of trying to control life solidify our perception of being separate and threatened. We then look at the wings of mindful presence and compassion that open us to loss and grief, and reveal the loving awareness that is beyond birth and death.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-11-12 The Sacred Art of Listening 1:15:01
Just as presence is the heart of meditation, so deep listening is at the center of all conscious, loving relationships. This talk explores how our wants and fears block listening, ways we can deepen our capacity for listening, and the healing that unfolds when we truly feel heard by another.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-11-05 Radical Self-Honesty: The Joy of Getting Real 1:12:55
Our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt, resisted parts of our psyche. This talk explores ways we can deepen self-honesty and reconnect to a wholeness of being that enables us to live with spontaneity, confidence, wisdom and love.  Quote from Elizabeth Lesser: "My prayer to god every day: Remove the veils so I might see what is really happening here and not be intoxicated by my stories and my fears."  
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-10-29 Meditation - Compassion Practice - Tonglen 29:41
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2014 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2014-10-27 Guided Heart Meditation: Forgiveness 29:37
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2014 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2014-10-26 The Portal of Fear 64:08
Bringing presence to the contraction of fear is a universal part of spiritual awakening. This talk explores two interrelated pathways of opening to and transforming fear.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2014 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2014-10-26 Morning Meditation and Instruction 25:51
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2014 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2014-10-22 Part 2: Happiness 1:18:09
The Buddha said that he would not teach about happiness if it were not possible to realize this experience of peace and deep well-being. In this three part series, we explore two kinds of happiness - that which arises out of particular causes and the experience of “happy for no reason.” The talks examine the attachments that block happiness, ways to “gladden the mind,” and the liberating presence that naturally expresses as pure happiness. 
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-10-15 Part 1: Happiness 1:21:12
The Buddha said that he would not teach about happiness if it were not possible to realize this experience of peace and deep well-being. In this three part series, we explore two kinds of happiness - that which arises out of particular causes and the experience of “happy for no reason.” The talks examine the attachments that block happiness, ways to “gladden the mind,” and the liberating presence that naturally expresses as pure happiness. 
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-10-08 Part 2: Unconditional Love 64:14
These two talks explore key elements in manifesting our innate capacity for unconditional love. Both talks include teachings and meditative strategies for recognizing our blocks to loving, and, through courageous, embodied presence, discovering who we are when not confined by the limiting beliefs and feelings of an egoic self. The first focuses on accepting and embracing our inner life, and the second, on the awakening of a loving presence that includes the whole of this living world.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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